Weekly Auction Cattle Wtd Avg Summary
BL_LS754  
Billings, MT    Fri Jan 11, 2019    USDA Market News  
 
         
Weekly Combined Weighted Average Feeder Cattle Report                      
                                                                           

Market: Billings Livestock Commission, MT                                  
Market: Miles City, MT                                                     
Market: Public Auction Yards - Cattle, MT                                  

Receipts: 8,151        Last week 732          Last Year 7,574              

Compared to the last full week of sales (12-18-18): Feeder steer 
calves weighing less than 450 lbs sold with steady undertones in
a narrow comparison; 450-749 lbs steers sold mostly 4.00-8.00
higher. Heifer calves weighing under 450 lbs were too lightly 
tested to trend, however steady to higher undertones were noticed.
400-599 lbs heifers sold mostly firm to 5.00 higher, 600-699 lbs 
heifers sold mostly 10.00 higher. Demand was mostly good this week
on a attractive quality offering overall. Many calves were fully 
preconditioned and weaned this week. Flesh conditions were very 
light to light. Demand for light weight calves suitable to run on 
grass was mostly good however limited offerings were seen. CME 
feeder positions improved this week after floating lower much of
the holiday break. Live cattle prices have improved giving way
to improved feeder demand. Market activity this week was mostly 
active. Weigh up cows sold on mostly good demand this week as 
feeding buyers were very active in securing offerings. Packers 
were less than enthused about buying any cows to put away on feed.
This allowed feeding buyers to get their fill as many high quality 
sets of cows come to market this week. Feeding cows sold mostly
firm to 5.00 higher. Packers only showed interest in cows not suitable
to feed this week as they purchased these blemished cows for immediate
harvest. Packers started the week showing very light demand for 
slaughter cows, however as the week progressed demand improved.
Slaughter cows sold unevenly steady from weak to 1.00 higher. 
Slaughter bulls sold mostly 1.00-2.00 higher. Cow and bull quality 
this week was average to attractive. Offerings this week consisted 
of 71 percent feeder cattle, 4 percent slaughter cows, 3 percent 
slaughter bulls, 21 percent feeding cows and bulls and cows returning 
to the country, balance bred cows, heifers, and pairs.


Slaughter Cows         
           Pct Lean    Weight    Avg Dress    High Dress   Low Dress   Very Low Dress   
Breakers     75-80   1543-1723  52.50-58.50       --         45.00          --
Boners       80-85   1300-1718  48.50-54.00       --      44.00-48.00       --
Lean         85-90    740-1385  46.00-52.00     57.00     40.00-49.00   30.00-41.00

Slaughter Bulls, Yield Grade 1-2              
                  Weight       Avg Dress     High Dress    Low Dress   Very Low Dress
                1010-2545     62.00-66.00    66.50-69.50  51.50-63.50   44.00-50.00
All Natural     1579-1728          --            --       56.50-66.50        --

Feeding Cows and Cows Returning to the Country: Coming 3 yrs old: 705-1305 lbs 68.00
-107.00, heifers 730-1300 lbs 100.00-136.00. Coming 4 yrs old: 900-1600 lbs 55.00-94.50. 
Young age: 1000-1560 lbs 56.00-64.00, full 52.50. Middle age: 995-1830 lbs 49.00-59.50,
exposed 59.50-62.50, thin 47.00, full 46.00-47.00. Aged: 865-1680 lbs 45.50-58.50, thin/full 
39.00-52.50.

Bred cows: 5-6 yrs old Medium and large 1 calving Jul-Aug 1225 lbs (Average quality) 750.00. 

Bred cows: 3-6 yrs old Medium and large 1 calving Jul-Aug 1154 lbs (Average quality) 750.00.

Bred cows: Middle age (Solid mouth) Medium and large 1 calving before May 15th 1293 lbs 
(Average quality) 850.00.

Bred cows: Aged (Broken mouth) Medium and large 1 calving before May 15th 1338-1376 lbs 
(Average quality) 710.00-750.00.

             

                     Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1                      
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          4     321        321       224.00         224.00                 
          5     352        352       200.00         200.00                 
         41   405-447      425    190.00-209.00     199.36                 
         43   451-488      475    180.50-196.00     190.30                 
        134   501-545      519    171.50-187.50     183.89                 
        376   550-598      577    161.50-180.00     170.83                 
        406   600-646      625    152.50-167.50     160.80 Calves          
         17     602        602       169.50         169.50 Fancy           
        677   650-699      672    146.00-158.00     152.79 Calves          
        223   700-743      726    145.00-150.50     148.95 Calves          
          9     731        731       132.00         132.00 Fleshy          
         11   730-740      736       142.00         142.00 Full            
         89   752-795      768    140.25-149.50     144.35 Calves          
         52   806-849      816    135.50-145.50     141.11 Calves          
         11   855-887      879    137.50-138.50     138.28 Calves          
          3     950        950       133.50         133.50                 
          6     973        973       135.00         135.00 Calves  

                          Feeder Steers Medium 1                           
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          8     499        499       180.00         180.00          

                    Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1-2                     
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          9     329        329       185.00         185.00                 
         22     423        423       192.50         192.50                 
         66   459-498      483    161.00-182.00     174.79                 
         41   507-549      527    169.00-177.00     172.95                 
         14   591-593      592    157.00-162.00     158.78                 
         10     647        647       153.00         153.00                 
         28   664-691      686    146.00-151.00     148.91 Calves          
         12   701-708      706    139.50-142.50     140.49 Calves          
          2     773        773       133.00         133.00 Calves          
          3     918        918       132.00         132.00                 

                      Feeder Holstein Steers Large 3                       
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          6     946        946        55.00          55.00                 
       

                     Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1                     
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         26     313        313       209.00         209.00                 
        126   364-392      367    179.00-204.75     201.13                 
         38   409-435      424    163.00-175.00     172.36                 
        268   452-499      476    155.00-171.00     163.04                 
        170   500-549      528    150.00-157.00     152.51                 
         40     509        509       165.00         165.00 Fancy           
        401   550-597      564    141.00-154.50     149.65                 
        292   602-642      612    140.00-150.00     146.09 Calves          
         28     602        602       146.50         146.50 Fancy           
         19     628        628       148.25         148.25 Replacement     
        255   656-691      667    135.50-145.00     142.92 Calves          
        104   700-744      706    134.00-142.50     138.27 Calves          
          6     736        736       130.00         130.00 Fleshy          
         17     794        794       136.50         136.50 Calves          
          5   808-820      813       131.00         131.00 Calves          

                         Feeder Heifers Medium 1-2                         
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          5     371        371       165.00         165.00                 

                    Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1-2                    
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
         28   376-395      388    169.00-177.00     173.26                 
         22   410-446      425    152.00-165.00     160.32                 
         54   470-494      482    143.00-160.00     155.14                 
         38   504-538      526    144.00-149.00     146.32                 
         28   555-594      578    140.00-146.50     145.40                 
         25   600-637      624    133.00-140.00     139.09 Calves          
         13   651-695      668    125.50-139.00     131.54 Calves          
         10     741        741       131.50         131.50 Calves          

                     Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 2                     
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          5     352        352       157.50         157.50                 
         11     440        440       129.00         129.00                 
          8     464        464       148.00         148.00                 
          5     524        524       125.00         125.00                 
          4     646        646       122.00         122.00  

                      Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1                      
       Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price                 
          6   473-490      484    171.00-177.00     172.95                 
          9   513-525      517    159.00-175.50     169.91                 
          2     580        580       152.00         152.00                 
         31     630        630       146.00         146.00 Calves          
          4   660-673      667    139.00-141.00     140.01 Calves          
         16   719-745      728    136.00-138.00     137.56 Calves          
         37   755-780      756    134.50-136.00     134.58 Calves          
          5     835        835       132.00         132.00 Calves                    
       

Source:  USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge
         406-210-4792
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_LS754.txt
 
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